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Assessment of Western China Development and Future Prospects
Address:Xian, Shaanxi, China
Assessment of Western China Development and Future Prospects
The 5th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies
Xian, Shaanxi, China
July 22-24, 2008
·         The Consortium for Western China Development Studies
·         Northwest University
·         GTZ - German Technical Cooperation
·         Shaanxi Provincial Government
·         The Chinese Economists Society
·         Office of Western China Development, State Council
Since the Chinese government launched the west China development in 2000, significant changes have occurred in Western China: rapid economic growth in terms of GDP, large-scale increases in  basic infrastructure investment, industrialization, urbanization, and improvement in people’s livelihood.
Meanwhile, new challenges to the future development of west China have emerged: excess demand for energy and natural resources, pressure of population and environment in urban cities, and enlarged regional disparities. A comprehensive and scientific approach for the sustainable development of Western China is urgently needed.
Northwest University, the Consortium for Western China Development Studies, and GTZ will co-organize an International Conference on “Assessment of West China Development and Future Prospects” on July 22-24, 2008 in Xian, China.  The conference is also co-sponsored by Shaanxi Provincial Government and The Chinese Economists Society, and the Office for Western China Development in the State Council.
The organizers expect 100-200 participants from universities, research institutions, government agencies and business sectors within and outside of China to attend this conference.  Many well-known economists from China, the U.S., Germany and other countries have been invited to participate. The conference is expected (1) to serve as a platform for scholars and government officials to exchange their research and development plans on Western China; (2) to submit policy recommendations on under-developed regions to the central government; and (3) to publish a conference proceedings from selected papers presented at the conference. 
The conference themes will include, but not be limited to, the following topics:
- The economic development of Western China and the construction of a harmonious society
- Modernization of agriculture and the Western China development
- The development of new rural communities in Western China
- The sustainable development of resources and environment in Western China
- Women’s Role in Western China development
- Preserving Cultural Diversity in Under-developed Regions
- Economic Development for National Minorities in Under-developed Regions
- Raising Technological Levels in Western China
- Improving Human Resources and Education in Western China
- Enhancing Public Healthcare in Western China
- Assessment of eight years of Western China Development
- Poverty Alleviation through Migration in Western China
- NGOs' Role in Western China Development
Abstract Submission
Interested participants should send an abstract of no longer than 250 words to the Program Committee at westchina2008@umich.edu  along with the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the author (s), or use the online submission form at http://chinadatacenter.org/westchina2008/.
March 15, 2008 - Deadline for abstracts
April 1, 2008 - Notification of paper acceptance
June 30, 2008 - Deadline for completed papers
Registration Fee for the Conference
Registration before May 15, 2008: US$60.00.
Registration after May 15, 2008: US$80.00.
Full-time student: US$30.00.
Please make the payment payable to “The Chinese Economists Society”.
Contact Information:     
Local Contact:
Yuanyuan Bai or Yaojiang Shi
Northwest Socioeconomic Development Research Center
Northwest University
1 Xuefu Ave, Changan Qu
Xian, Shaanxi 710127
P.R. China
Web: http://www.nsdrc.cn
China Office:
The Consortium for Western China Development Studies
Prof. Yiqian Wang
Institute of West China Development
P.O. Box 391
Sichuan University
Chengdu, 610065
P. R. China
TEL: 86-28-85401227
U.S. Office:
The Consortium for Western China Development Studies
China Data Center
University of Michigan
Suite 3630
1080 South University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
TEL: 734-647-9610
FAX: 734-763-0335
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